Merry Christmas … and could we ask a favour?

FOUR months after we called on our readers to consider supporting us via a voluntary subscription scheme (https://supporters.shetnews.co.uk), it is time to give an update on our progress and to renew our appeal.

To date, almost 100 readers have responded to our call for help and we are grateful for any extra money pledged to keep this award-winning news website going and, indeed, to improve it.


We are pleased to say that our web developer Clement Duncan has now started a project to completely redevelop the Shetland News website to deliver our news in a modern design on all digital devices and platforms.

We will look to involve our supporters in the redevelopment process and will be in touch looking for feedback once we have some firm design proposals.

At the end of the process we intend to have a fresh and more aesthetically-pleasing news website and a Shetland News app offering a faster and smoother online experience.


Shetland News continues to provide a comprehensive local news service on a daily basis and is absolutely free at the point of delivery. We have no plans to change that, but would greatly appreciate any help from regular users of our website.

We are, of course, well supported by the many local companies that recognise the advantages of promoting their business through our website. However, in order to continue producing professional journalism we continue to seek greater resources.

And so we would like to remind our many readers – more than 33,000 so far this week – that independent local journalism is part of the lifeblood of communities and could do with a shot in the arm.

We wish all of our readers, contributors and advertisers a Merry Christmas and hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions will be to sign up and make a small monthly contribution to your local news service.

Many thanks and all the best for 2017,
Shetland News